My First Zero Waste Shopping Trip

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Lately, I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos on minimalism, zero waste, and living more sustainability. Many zero waste YouTubers have videos showing their zero waste shopping trips and it inspired me to try it out and share my experience with you guys.

Here are a few things you’ll need for a zero waste shopping trip:

  • containers (preferably glass because they are more sustainable)
  • a wine bag to carry your jars (I found mine at a liquor store)
  • more reusable bags to carry things that don’t fit in the wine bag

The wine bag isn’t necessary, I just like using it because it is easier to store my glass jars in it. Since the wine bag has dividers in it for bottles, each jar has its own place and they don’t roll around the bag.

Most of the jars I have contained sauce or some kind of food in it before. I just washed them after I finished whatever was in it and stored them in my wine bag until I was ready to go to the store. I also bought a few jars because I wanted a few bigger jars for things like pasta or rice.

Once I had everything I needed, I looked up where I could find a store that sells things in bulk. I found this lovely store called Simply Bulk Market in Longmont, Colorado. The store is very neat, cute and has a ton of products. The owners, Heidi and Devin, were very kind and helpful, which I appreciated greatly since it was my first time doing this.

Heidi weighed my containers and put a little label with their weight on each one. Because I had 5 or 6 jars, she told me I could leave them on the counter while I looked around the store and figured out what I wanted to get. I decided to get some cashews, pasta, black chai tea, basmati rice, and thyme. Here are a few pictures for you guys.

The store had a lot more products available, but this was all I needed. I think next time I go, I’ll probably get some soap, shampoo, and conditioner. They have big blocks of soap and you can cut however much you need from it. They also have big jugs of shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, etc, that you can use to fill up your own jar with. Mason jars with a pump are great for these. I saw that they also had some flour, lentils, nuts, pet stuff, and more! If you don’t have your own containers, they do have glass jars for sale or bags you can use. The only thing I wish they had is fresh produce. It’s hard to find fresh produce without labels or packaging in supermarkets. However, you can find it at the farmers market.

I had a great experience at this store, and I can’t wait to go again. From now on, I’ll try to buy more products without packaging, which is better for the environment since most packaging material is plastic.

In the end, my total was $22. I was actually expecting to pay more, so I was quite content with that price.

I hope you guys liked this post! Let me know what you guys think in the comments below!

Plein de bisous,

A Bonnie Bon

 

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